Monthly Archives: April 2011

Christian Focus Across the Web – April 29, 2011

Christian Focus Across the Web highlights important news and blog posts related to our books. This week’s highlight is below:

Review of Touched by Greatness by Dorothy Kelley Patterson – This past week Natalie Klejwa reviewed Touched by Greatness on her Visionary Womanhood blog.  An excerpt from her review is included below:

Exegetical notes, parallel references, a teaching outline, applicable quotations, related illustrations and inductive questions round out this thorough study of the women God used in the life of Moses. She concludes each chapter with sage advice for women as well as a exciting summary of God’s scarlet thread of redemption in history.

Being visionary means being able to see God at work in history in the lives of ordinary men and women. This little book will aid women who desire to have a more full-orbed perspective of some of the women God used to influence one of the greatest leaders this world has ever known.

Natalie’s full review is available here: LINK.

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Hear David W. Hegg on The Frank Pastore Show

David W. Hegg will be interviewed live Thursday April 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM PST to discuss his book The Obedience Option on the The Frank Pastore Show (KKLA – Los Angeles). You can tune in to the show at pastorecentral.com/listen-live. We will link to the archive of the broadcast as soon as it is available.

Book Information:
Do you ever wonder why you keep doing things you know you shouldn’t? Does life sometimes feel like one constant battle between what you know you should do and what you actually end up doing? The Obedience Option directs us to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians to discover an “overwhelming faith” – a life dominating conviction that what God has for us through obedience is vastly better than anything this world has to offer. In this state a passion for God and his ways overwhelms everything else. Following God’s commands becomes our joy and our lives become a consistent witness to Christ in a world that so desperately needs him.

Author Information:
David W. Hegg has been in pastoral ministry for 20 years and presently pastors Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita, California where he lives with his wife Cherylyn. He holds a D. Min from Westminster Seminary in California and is an adjunct professor at The Master’s College. He is the author of Appointed to Preach and blogs at www.heggthought.com.

See David W. Hegg’s author profile at Christian Focus BookNotes for more info.

Other books by David W. Hegg:


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Author Profile: Graham Beynon

Graham Beynon is an author and teacher who helped plant Avenue Community Church in Leicester, England.

Beynon has written several articles for BeginningwithMoses.org, The Theologian and other online publications. The Gospel Coalition lists several of his sermon MP3s. He is also the author of several books including: Mirror, Mirror: Discover Your True Identity in Christ; Last Things First: Living in the Light of the Future; God’s New Community: New Testament Patterns for Today’s Church; and Planting for the Gospel: A Hands-on Guide to Church Planting.

In addition to being involved in church ministry in Cambridge, Graham Beynon acts as course director for Training for East Anglia Ministry (TEAM). He is also pursuing a doctorate.

Christian Focus Title from Graham Beynon:

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Notable and Quotable: R.C. Sproul

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work (v. 16). Paul uses his frequent image of the physical organism, where each part must make its contribution in harmony with the others. All of the parts are vital and essential for the healthy and complete functioning of the body. So every member in the body of Christ is gifted by the Holy Spirit, and is called by the Holy Spirit to participate in the ministry of Christ. Every person in the body of Christ has a significant task to perform. No-one is insignificant; no-one is unimportant. There is no such thing as a misfit in the body of Christ because Christ himself, the head of the body, is the one who makes sure that we fit together and knit together into the unity of his body.

Excerpted from The Purpose of God:  Ephesians.

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Christian Focus Across the Web – April 22, 2011

Christian Focus Across the Web highlights important news and blog posts related to our books. This week’s highlights are below:

If you are a regular reader of the Christian Focus BookNotes blog, you have already been introduced to Graham Beynon’s recent release, which we mentioned earlier this week in a post titled: New Release — Planting for the Gospel: A Hands-on Guide to Church Planting by Graham Beynon.   This book has received a bit of attention in the blogosphere and we wanted to point you to a couple of recent reviews.

‘Planting for Christ’ is not the definitive volume on church planting. It doesn’t try to be. And I’m not going to criticise a book for not being what it’s not trying to be! That would be absurd. Graham’s aim in this book is much more straightforward. He writes, ‘my simple hope is that this will aid anyone and any church wanting to think about planting a new church’ p10. It does that, brilliantly.
-Richard Perkins – The Urban Pastor Blog

Richard’s full review is available here: LINK

Overall, the book is a positive and brief introduction to church planting, perhaps best for helping enthuse unconvinced church leaders/members of the need to think about planting. The questions at the end of each chapter would also make it suitable for discussion in a homegroup setting. Personally, I was encouraged most by the case studies – testimonies that Jesus is indeed still building his church in the UK and beyond!
-Andy Toovey – Reaching the Unreached Blog

Andy’s full review is available here: LINK

For ordering information, and to learn more about this book, go to the book detail page at Christian Focus.

 

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New Study Guides Available for Rich: The Reality of Encountering Jesus

Online study guides are now available for Rich:  The Reality of Encountering Jesus by Peter Dickson with David Gibson. In this book, Dickson and Gibson consider the question, “What does it mean to belong to God’s family?” Applying the Gospel of Luke to a 21st century audience through contemporary illustrations, they demonstrate that encountering Jesus is a matter of urgency for all people everywhere.  In the Rich Course Explanation and Talk Outlines, the authors briefly explain how the six week course and study guides came into being:

The publication of RICH: The reality of encountering Jesus (Christian Focus, 2010), provided our congregation with a tool which we could use in commending the gospel to friends and family, and to others within our parish. We decided to follow the book with a six week course which would invite participants to engage directly with the key issues raised by the book and to think further about the answers which Luke’s Gospel provides.

Each evening adopted a simple format of a meal together, followed by a short talk, discussion around the meal tables, with a chance for questions to the speaker at the end.

We developed a Study Guide and Leader’s Guide for the course and are pleased to make each of them available online for free download and distribution

The guides are available for download in PDF format from ChristianFocus.com:

For purchasing and other information, please visit the Rich:  The Reality of Encountering Jesus product page at ChristianFocus.com:  LINK.

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New Release — Planting for the Gospel: A Hands-on Guide to Church Planting by Graham Beynon

To some planting a church seems an impossible dream; others have entirely unrealistic ideals of how easily it can be done. Graham Beynon in Planting for the Gospel draws from his own experience at church planting and provides a clear and concise handbook which covers the how and why of church planting.

This helpful guide recognizes that no church starts out the same and that there are several different models that can be followed. Several real-world case studies from a wide range of settings make this book a tremendously practical and helpful introduction to church planting. It will lay the blueprint for how a group of Christian people, a church, can become committed to one another; pray, learn and grow together; and seek to become a healthy, flourishing and biblically grounded church.

For ordering information, and to learn more about this book, go to the book detail page at Christian Focus.

About the Author:
Graham Beynon has had experience in church planting, having started the Avenue Community Church in Leicester, England. In addition to being involved in church ministry in Cambridge, he is currently studying for a doctorate while also acting as Course Director for “Team” (Training for East Anglia Ministry).

Praise for Planting for the Gospel:
“It is simple without being simplistic. Accessible without being predictable. Useful without being boring. Informative without being prescriptive. Graham Beynon has done us all a huge favour in writing this, and I very much hope it helps provide an effective way into one of the most pressing and urgent needs of our day – the littering of our world with communities of light, aka. churches!” ~ Steve Timmis, Director of Acts 29 Network in Western Europe, and co-author of Total Church

“This little book will introduce you to the many different ways that people go about planting churches. Given that the Church is God’s chosen instrument to save the world, what could be more important than learning about how new churches can begin?” ~ Adrian Warnock, blogger, AdrianWarnock.com

“Christians can easily ascribe to Graham Beynon’s desire: “to see God glorified by his gospel being spread and his church growing”. But we often do not see as he does the consequence of such a desire: “This will inevitably mean more churches and so church planting”. And even when we see that inevitability, we often do not see the complexities of the task. Graham has done a great service by teasing out some of the many issues involved in church planting. I warmly commend this book to all who would like to follow through on the inevitable outcome of their evangelistic desire.”
~ Phillip Jensen, Dean of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, Australia

“The goal of Planting for the Gospel is that Jesus would use us to build His church for His glory. Graham Beynon provides a series of preliminary ideas to encourage us to think of church planting as a fruitful means for making disciples and spreading the Gospel. This resource is very helpful for mother churches to think strategically about planting a daughter church and also for young pastors to explore their calling in following the will of God as bearer of God’s mission to people of all nations.” ~ Scott Thomas, President, Acts 29 Network

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Christian Focus On Location – The Gospel Coalition 2011

Last week a few folks from Christian Focus Publications were in attendance at the 2011 Gospel Coalition conference in Chicago, IL. Our Christian Focus, Mentor, and Christian Heritage imprints were featured at the Christian Focus Publications table in the main book area, while our CF4K titles were featured on the children’s book tables.  It was exciting and encouraging to see thousands of attendees browsing and buying our books. If you were not able to attend, you can still get an idea of the look and feel of the book area in this brief video featured below:

Here are some of the books that sold particularly well during the conference:

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Books Every Pastor Should Read: Roots by Alec Motyer

In the book area at this year’s Gospel Coalition conference, there was a table for books every pastor should read. We were delighted to see Roots: Let the Old Testament Speak included amongst the many excellent titles on display.

About the book:
“The title, Old Testament, creates difficulties of its own. If it is “Old” and we are people of the “New”, surely we may properly let it fade away into history? Besides, it seems very unlike the New Testament, even contradictory: all those wars when Jesus is the Prince of peace; all those commandments to obey when we are not under law but under grace. And can the God of the Old Testament be a God of love like the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?”

These are the questions that Alec Motyer, a life long lover of the Old Testament, seeks to answer starting with the conviction that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament Scripture. This is for the Christian who wants to know what the Old Testament has to do with the New Testament and why the Christian should read it. Roots:  Let the Old Testament Speak offers a comprehensive survey of the Old Testament organized around its authors and major characters, the theme of this book is that the Holy Spirit chose, fashioned and equipped the biblical authors to convey distinctive truths through each of them.

About the Author:

Dr Alec Motyer is a well-known Bible expositor and from an early age has had a love for studying God’s Word. He was formerly principal of Trinity College, Bristol.

For ordering information, and more information about this book, view the book detail page at ChristianFocus.com. You can read a sample from Roots on Scribd.
Roots: Let the Old Testament Sample

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Radio Interview: Denise George

Christian Focus author Denise George was interviewed on the Northland Notebook radio program back in January 2011.  In the interview, Denise discusses how she got started in writing and talks about her recent book Johnny Cornflakes:  A Story about Loving the Unloved.  You can download the interview in its entirety here:  LINK.

About Denise George:
A prolific and inspirational writer Denise George is well known for writing books that are creative and biblical. Her husband Timothy is the executive editor of Christianity Today and is the founding dean of Beeson Divinity school. You can learn more about Denise George at her web site:  www.authordenisegeorge.com.

Books by Denise George:

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